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.Kandahar;1059256845]From an economic standpoint, you'd still have the free rider problem if you did it at the state level, just like you would if you didn't require healthy people to buy insurance. Suppose that one state decides to cover all its residents...so you wait until you get sick, then you move to that state to take advantage of the coverage. This drives up the cost of insurance, which discourages healthy people from moving to that state, which further drives up the cost of insurance, etc. It's just a slightly less exaggerated version of the same problem associated with trying to end preexisting conditions without an individual mandate
But that then is a state and local issue where it belongs. States have the right with citizen approval to implement a healthcare program but the Federal Govt. doesn't. The American people by a large majority are not in favor of this bill and rightly so.
Do you even know how many people there are in this country that really cannot afford healthcare coverage? It isn't what you think. Are you covered by a healthcare policy?
There is nothing that the govt. does that reduces costs so why is this different. We have a 14.1 trillion dollar debt because of that effecient govt. and now you want to expand it? There isn't a healthcare system in the world that has lowered healthcare costs. Liberal arrogance however says they can do it here. Liberals have never been right on any issue.From a logistical standpoint, the biggest reason to do it at the federal level is simply because it's less of a pain in the ass to have one standard than to have 50 standards. You may discount this as unimportant, but a sizable fraction of all health care spending goes to pushing paper and bureaucratic compliance with various government agencies and insurance companies. Consolidating it all in one place can reduce these costs.
Remarks of President Barack Obama in State of the Union Address -- As Prepared for Delivery | The White HouseI’m willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.
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